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Cal Fire officials said Thursday that weather conditions remain unstable as shifting winds, steep terrain and dry fuels continue to tax firefighters.

Smoke rises above Clear Lake as the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) burns near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 1, 2018.

"[The] predictions that I see, the more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they're now occurring in real time", Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday in Sacramento. "If it does continue, then everybody in the state will be working hard and we're bringing in resources from outside the state", Matlow said.

The fast-moving wildfire has already charred 140 square miles, and it's still only 24 percent contained.

Covelo is a highly rural area in northern Mendocino County, east of Highway 101. It's made up of two blazes, the River Fire, which is 50 percent under control after burning 35,278 acres, and the Ranch Fire, which has torched 74,890 acres and is only 33 percent contained.

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More than 100 large wildfires were burning across 13 Western states, having consumed more than 1.4 million, according to the National Interagency Fire Centre. The 1,018 homes, 12 businesses and 435 other buildings that have been confirmed as destroyed place the blaze sixth on the state's list of most destructive fires. The Mendocino Complex Fire has now burned more than 100,000 acres as of Thursday morning.

- more than a quarter of what it has pegged for fires, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Mike Mohler said Wednesday.

A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County California, near Yosemite National Park, on July 15.

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California.

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